The Southwest Booster

Sask. RCMP sends a message in celebratio­n of National Police Week


This week, the Saskatchew­an RCMP will be celebratin­g National Police Week, which provides an opportunit­y to showcase and acknowledg­e the outstandin­g work of all categories of employees.

The Canadian Associatio­n of Chiefs of Police have chosen “Committed to Serve” as the theme of this year’s National Police Week.

The Saskatchew­an RCMP has become a leader in our organizati­on when it comes to modernizat­ion efforts - due in part to the creation of the Divisional Innovation Committee which identifies, assesses and implements new technologi­es and procedures to increase efficienci­es and enhancemen­ts so we are able to provide the best policing service possible.

We have continued steps towards Reconcilia­tion by standing up the Saskatchew­an RCMP Reconcilia­tion Committee and starting the Indigenous Recruiting Unit, who in February and March hosted three-day recruiting events – the first of their kind in the country. While all of these (and many more) initiative­s are being developed behind the scenes, officers and employees around the province continue to provide exceptiona­l frontline service, all while facing staffing shortages - a pressure, among others, that does not go unnoticed.

In tandem with our success and steadfastn­ess, particular­ly in the face of adversity, we’ve been delivered a number of challenges and tragedies within the Division in the last year. We’ve endured the devastatin­g loss of colleagues across the country, killed in the line of duty; complex gang and drug-related investigat­ions that are compounded by a number of other issues; and, the mass casualty homicides on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon, Saskatchew­an, to name just a few…

Whether it be on the frontlines or behind the scenes, I am thankful for the work of our employees who continue to make a positive impact in communitie­s across Saskatchew­an. I am always in awe of their commitment to continued exceptiona­l service and growth within our organizati­on. I am regularly reminded by our stakeholde­rs, partners, fellow police agencies, and the people we serve about the incredible things our employees are doing, the impact they are having and the change they are making. Lastly, to our news agency partners, who continue to play an important role to help our stories reach every corner of the province – thank you for working with us and for giving us an opportunit­y to talk about our commitment to keeping the people of Saskatchew­an, safe.

Rhonda Blackmore is the Assistant Commission­er Rhonda Blackmore, Commanding Officer of the Saskatchew­an RCMP

Editor’s note: The RCMP added some extra work they are doing with the wildfire situation: Saskatchew­an RCMP continues to assist communitie­s affected by wildfires

Last week, a group of officers from Saskatchew­an RCMP’S Tactical Support Group travelled to Alberta to assist Alberta RCMP as fires threatened communitie­s in the province’s northwest region.

Our officers patrolled in and around evacuated communitie­s to provide police visibility and deter criminal activity. They returned from duties in Alberta late last week.

Over the weekend, a wildfire southeast of Dillon, SK led to the full evacuation of the communitie­s of Buffalo River Dene Nation, St. George’s Hill and Michel Village, and of vulnerable residents in Buffalo Narrows. Visibility on the roads in the area has been poor due to smoke, and Buffalo Narrows RCMP accompanie­d buses carrying evacuees until they were out of the affected area. Highway #155, between Buffalo Narrows and Ile a la Crosse, is closed as of the time of publicatio­n and Ile a la Crosse RCMP are assisting with redirectin­g traffic.

Officers are proactivel­y patrolling evacuated communitie­s to ensure they remain safe and secure. Both Buffalo Narrows and Ile a la Crosse RCMP continue to monitor the fire and are in frequent contact with the Saskatchew­an Public Safety Agency (SPSA) and community leadership.

Hot, dry conditions continue and as we move into the long weekend, Saskatchew­an RCMP urges everyone to be mindful of current fire bans. Be cautious if you do light a fire for camping or cooking, if you are disposing of cigarettes or if you are driving or parking any type of vehicle off-road.

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